Daniel Kitson

Opinion: My Comedy Year 2014

“How many comedy shows do you see every week?” After “do you like Michael McIntyre?” it’s the question I get asked the most when I tell people what I do for a so-called job. Well now I can sort of answer it, I’ve just counted up my ticket stubs for 2014 and the results are in. 

News: Another New Show From Daniel Kitson...

Daniel Kitson has confirmed that he will be performing a new show in 2015. Polyphony will be premiered at the Northcote Hall in Melbourne  from March 25 to April 19 as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The show will then tour Australia and New Zealand. This follows his Christmas story show in London and his forthcoming performance of Tree at the Old Vic with Tim Key. 

Opinion: The Couldn't Give A Shit Schtick

I turned on the radio yesterday afternoon and heard a comedian telling people not to go to his gig. It was James Acaster on Radio 5 and while he was there ostensibly to plug his extended Soho Theatre run, you could almost hear the cogs in his brain whirring as he suddenly realised that with the DJ bigging him up so much he might be attracting gangs of Doreen-from-accounts-in-deely-boppers drunken Christmas office parties to his show.

Review: A Show For Christmas By Daniel Kitson

Oh no. It’s another one of his stories about a lonely young person and a lonely old person finding something in common. But Daniel Kitson’s Christmas story is different. Sort of. And if you don’t want to read about it or don’t have time just jump to the very last word and save us all a heap of bother.

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Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Dec 1 - Dec 7

Talk about a perfect storm. If you are a comedy fan in London tonight (Monday) you really are spoilt for choice. It’s one of those days where everything seems to be happening at once. Luckily some of these shows are extended runs, so if you work out your calender with military precision and can afford it, you might be able to get to a few of these.

News: Daniel Kitson Performs Tree In London

Daniel Kitson is to perform his acclaimed two-hander Tree in London. The performances will take place at the Old Vic from January 5 - 31, 2015.

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News: Daniel Kitson Busts Another Box Office

Tickets for Daniel Kitson’s six December dates at the Battersea Arts Centre went on sale at noon today and immediately sold out. The venue's online booking system struggled to keep up with the sheer volume of enquiries. All 3240 £12 tickets for the performances in the Grand Hall from December 1 - 6 were sold. The box office staff manning the phones also battled to deal with telephone bookings.

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News: Daniel Kitson Christmas Show

Daniel Kitson is doing a Christmas show at the Battersea Arts Centre. The show will run from Dec 1 - 6. Tickets go on sale at noon on October 22.

Kitson confirmed the show in his latest newsletter, adding that "details about the show are, at this early autumnal stage, predictably vague - I really don’t know what it will be apart from the fact that it will absolutely, in some way - be a Christmas Show." He adds on the BAC website "I may wear a costume and there might be snow in it."

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Opinion: Calculating The Value Of A Comedy Gig

There has been a lot of coverage in the past few days about the comedy club in Barcelona where they are trying out a pay-per-laugh policy. There are a few things that bother me about this. Apart form the fact that I have no earthly idea how it is going to work. Presumably some kind of camera has to be trained on the face? What if the comedy fan is wearing a niqab?

Review: Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee & More, Palace Theatre

It is hard to believe but there have been mutterings of a Daniel Kitson backlash. His latest theatre piece, Analog.Ue was not greeted by the usual ecstatic reviews. Maybe - though I fully expect he would deny it – that is why he has been getting back to his first love of stand-up recently, compering a number of benefits with a few more in the pipeline. This really is what he does best. As he jokily boasted onstage at the Palace Theatre last night, he is, after all, the finest comedian of his generation. 

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